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Assassin slays competition at Golden Horse

HOU Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, Best Director winner at Cannes and seen here in this year’s NZIFF, took the top prize and then some on home ground at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards on the weekend.

HOU took a couple of wards himself, Best Director and the Filmmaker of the Year award, with The Assassin also collecting gongs for Mark Lee (Cinematography) and Hwang Wen-ying (Make-Up & Costume).

The other multiple awardees were Tso-chi Chang’s Thanatos, Drunk with four, and Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues and Jia Zhangke’s Mountains May Depart, each with two. Earlier last week at the Golden Horse’s project market, Bi’s next project Roadside Picnic won the 10,000 Euro CNC Award.

The Assassin

Taiwanese titles took 12 awards on the night.

The winners of the 52nd Golden Horse awards were:
Best Feature Film
The Assassin

Best Animation Feature
McDull: Me & My Mum

Best Documentary
The Chinese Mayor

Best Short Film
The Death of A Security Guard

Best Director
Hou Hsiao-hsien, The Assassin

Best Leading Actor
Feng Xiaogang, Mr. Six

Best Leading Actress
Karena Lam, Zinnia Flower

Best Supporting Actor
Michael Ning, Port of Call

Best Supporting Actress
Lu Hsueh-feng, Thanatos, Drunk

Best New Director
Bi Gan, Kaili Blues

Best New Performer
Lee Hong-chi, Thanatos, Drunk

Best Original Screenplay
Jia Zhangke, Mountains May Depart

Best Adapted Screenplay
Pema Tseden, Tharlo

Best Cinematography
Mark Lee, The Assassin

Best Visual Effects
Wook Kim, The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D

Best Art Direction
William Chang, Alfred Yau, Office

Best Makeup & Costume Design
Hwarng Wern-ying, The Assassin

Best Action Choreography
Xu Haofeng, The Master

Best Original Film Score
Lin Shangde, Tseng Yun-fang, Thanatos, Drunk

Best Original Film Song
Aka pisawad
Words and music: Suming.Rupi
Performed by: Suming.Rupi

Best Film Editing
Chang Tso-chi, Thanatos, Drunk

Best Sound Effects
Tu Duu-chih, Chu Shih-yi, Wu Shu-yao, The Assassin

Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year
Hou Hsiao-hsien

Audience Choice Award
Mountains May Depart

FIPRESCI Prize
Kaili Blues

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lee Li-hua

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